Gudja United registered their first win as a brace by Gabriel Mensah handed them a 2-0 win over Lija Athletic at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Jesmond Zammit’s side therefore remain unbeaten after two matches. On the other hand, for Lija, this was the first defeat after an impressive 4-0 win over Senglea Athletic in their first outing.
Yuri Messias put Gudja ahead on the 16th minute when he received a through pass by Aidan Friggieri and after advancing into the area, he hit low past Luke Bonnici.
Five minutes in the second half, Yuri Messias was brought down inside the area by the Lija goalkeeper and the Brazilian converted from the penalty spot to seal the issue.
GUDJA Glenn Zammit, Yuri de Jesus Messias (86′ Augusto Rene Caseres), Aidan Jake Friggieri (78′ James Brincat), Llywelyn Cremona (68′ Terence Vella), Gabriel Mensah, Imanol Gonzalez Benac, Hubert Vella, Goran Adamovic, Juan Andres Bolanos, Justin Grioli, Patrick Silva Mota.
Subs not used: Jamie Azzopardi, Jurgen Farrugia, Tensior Gusman, Neil Anthony Micallef.
Coach: Jesmond Zammit
Asst. Coach: Vince Carbonaro
LIJA Luke Bonnici, Leon Muscat, Daniel Scerri, Erjon Beu, Fernando Javier Brandan, Miguel Perez Jimenez, Juan Cruz Gill, Jordan Neil Wells, Gonzalo Nicolas Virano (75′ Ryan Dalli), Andre White, Valdo Goncalves Alhinho (82′ Neil Micallef).
Subs not used: Dylan Galea, McAllister Clinch, Ryan Darmanin, Clayton Giordimaina, Gianluca Zammit
Coach: Joseph Galea
Asst. Coach: Matthew Genuis
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Christopher Francalanza
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Virano, Bonnici, Gonzales Benac
BOV Player of the Match: Yuri de Jesus Messias